How You Can Help
We are so grateful for the support of our community. There are a number of ways you can help the animals in our care.
Monetary donations go directly toward veterinary care for injured and ill animals, as well as animal welfare enrichment items and activities. Donations of $25 and greater are tax deductible. You will receive an official tax receipt by mail.
With Canada Helps, you can donate once or monthly. Also, if you want to donate in honour of someone, you can send them an e-card.
Sponsor a shelter pet through The Petfinder Foundation. Note: this website is in US dollars.
Cheques can be mailed to the Animal Shelter (please do not mail cash). Please make the cheque out to New Westminster Animal Services.
Donations can be made in person by cash, cheque, Interac, Visa or Mastercard during our regular office hours.
We accept new or used, good-condition items, such as towels, blankets, small pet beds, cat/small dog carriers, and toys. Donations can be dropped off at our front doors during our office hours.
We regret that donated items do not qualify for tax-deductible receipts.
*For health and safety reasons, we cannot accept open or expired food, pillows, used large dog beds, or used cat scratching posts. If you are not sure if we are able to accept a specific item, please feel free to phone us first.
Join the team of volunteers, aged 19+ who make New Westminster Animal Services a loving and safe space for our animals.
Upon receipt of your application, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to set up an interview and start the volunteer screening process.
Volunteer Screening includes:
- Application Form
- References check
- Police Information Check
- Orientation and Training
- Support and Supervision
- Follow up and Feedback
Please email the Animal Services Volunteer Coordinator, Margie Fox at
with any questions about applying.
Thank you for your interest in fostering a shelter animal. We occasionally need fosters to help socialize and provide respite for some of our animals. Most of our foster placements are for cats, rabbits, and other small animals. Dog foster placements are rare. Placement durations can be short term or long term, depending on the animal’s needs. We will cover veterinary care (at our partner vet hospitals) for the foster animal, and we will provide prescription food and medications. We can also provide non-prescription food and other supplies, but of course, if the fosters can help in anyway, that is always appreciated.
Please submit the foster application form to and we will be in touch!